Greetings, fellow members. First off, I would like to thank all the members who voted in the last PPOA election. I appreciate the support and confidence you have in me, to elect me for another term. The silent majority can no longer stay silent. If you want your organization to hear your voices, you must vote. In order to keep your organization moving in the right direction, please stay involved and informed on the issues that affect you. I will always continue to do my best to represent the members’ interests and fight for you individually and collectively.
I hope you were able to enjoy some of the holidays and the new year is treating you right. This will be another tough year, and I pray you and your families were and are able to avoid the COVID and flu bugs being passed around.
The anti-law-enforcement sentiment of 2020 is waning but not completely dissipated. As we re-establish our relationships with local, state and federal leaders, I hope the legislators remember public safety as a priority and keep our profession and families in mind when passing new laws and modifying old ones. The Public Employees’ Pension Reform Act of 2012 (PEPRA) needs modifications. PPOA and ALADS need to join together and provide the leadership to improve the status of the Plan C members. We owe it to those members we will leave behind when we leave the Department.
We have a new Sheriff in Robert Luna. I wish Sheriff Luna success as our new leader and will assist him by continuing to be a voice for our membership. Policies and procedures may change in the immediate future, but I will help to see that PPOA members’ rights are protected during the meet and confer process, at the bargaining table and under POBAR, as well as our MOUs.
I have purposely kept this message short in duration, but the topics are important and may be discussed in detail at a PPOA Board or delegates meeting. As always, feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions or need any assistance. Contact me at email@example.com or (714) 745-7947.
Thanks again and stay safe.